Pablo became the sixth hurricane in the Atlantic basin this Sunday, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles and higher gusts, after passing through the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported today.
The "still small" cyclone, category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson scale of 5, moves rapidly to the northeast at 22 miles, without now representing threats on the ground.
According to the most recent Miami-based NHC newsletter, issued at 11:00 a.m., Pablo was at that time 535 miles northeast of the Lajes air base in the Azores archipelago.RELATED
NHC meteorologists predict that the cyclone will continue in the next few hours heading northeast with a decrease in speed.
They then forecast a turn to the north and northwest and an additional decrease in forward speed tonight and Monday.
Pablo will weaken in the next few hours and is expected to become a post-tropical system on Monday, the NHC said.
The NHC explained that Pablo is still a small tropical cyclone and that its hurricane winds extend up to 10 miles from the center, while winds with tropical storm force extend up to 80 miles.
According to the Saffir-Simpson scale, a category 1 hurricane has winds of 74 to 95 miles per hour.
In this Atlantic season, 10 to 17 named tropical storms are expected, that is, with winds over 39 miles per hour, and five to nine hurricanes, with winds of 74 miles per hour, according to the National Oceans Administration and Atmosphere (NOAA) of the United States.
This is a season with a 45% chance of an activity "above normal", which is twelve named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major.
In the current hurricane season in the Atlantic, which runs from June 1 to November 30, six hurricanes have been recorded: Barry, Dorian, Humberto, Jerry, Lorenzo and Pablo.